Leading German dressage horse Bella Rose lame

Bella Rose and Isabell Werth.
Bella Rose and Isabell Werth. © CO Normandie 2014/PSV

Isabell Werth’s mare Bella Rose has been withdrawn from the Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The mare, who was ridden to team gold and second place in the individual qualifier, was found to have inflammation in the sole of one of her hooves after the competition.

Werth said the issue has come “out of the blue”, and while she was deeply disappointed, she did not want to take any risks with the mare.

“The mare’s health has absolute priority.”

The ten-year old chestnut mare looked like she could be the discovery of the Games after delivering the best result for Germany, coming second behind Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin. Talking about Bella Rose after the competition, Werth said she got the mare as a three-year-old.

“From the first moment I saw her I could sense her talent and her charisma.  She is special in her whole behaviour, in her attitude and her mind, and I hope we can grow together from here. It is a great pleasure to ride her.”

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